Monday, May 27, 2013

[Review] The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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(#1, The 5th Wave)
The 5th Wave | #2 | #3

Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 07/05/2013
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Pages: 457
Source: Publisher (thanks Tina!)

Book Tunes
Snow Patrol - Falling Empires

Violence | Sexual ContentProfanity

My Rating: 
Full of tension and heart.

My thoughts

This book wasn't even on my radar until Nomes reviewed it. And Wendy. So of course it was then that I requested the book on Netgalley. Just when I was about to prepare myself to start reading it I received a physical copy for review in the mail. How’s that for timing?

I’m going along with the hype train: this book is GOOD.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

[Review] Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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(#2, Lunar Chronicles)
Cinder | Scarlet | Cress | Winter
Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 17/01/2013
Publisher: Penguin (Puffin)
Pages: 450
Source: Publisher (thanks, Tina!)

Book Tunes
Exploring & Travelling Theme from LOST
Icon for Hire - Fight

Violence | Sexual ContentProfanity

My Rating: 
A satisfying sequel.

My thoughts

Scarlet is the second book in the scifi-fantasy Lunar Chronicles quartet by emerging author Marissa Meyer. This book follows both Cinder and Scarlet as their perilous adventures eventually lead them to finding and helping each other. Queen Levana’s army is growing ever stronger and the fate of Earth rests with a group of misfits—an estranged Lunar princess; a prison-break captain; a red-headed teenage girl, whose best friend might just be her gun; and finally, Wolf.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

MBIC (13): Show and tell!

MBiC is a fortnightly (*ahem*) book haul feature inspired by Kristi (The Story Siren) and Alea (Pop Culture Junkie). I love looking at book covers, and especially their colours, and that is where the idea to feature my new arrivals by their spines in accordance to their shade comes from.


12th of May 2013 ~ Notes

Happy Mother's Day! <3
All you mums in the world do so much for your families.
We love you, we appreciate you--even if we don't express it often enough!

I said in my last book haul a few weeks ago that I had more to show. And I'm finally finished with class for this semester so I had time to gather up all my new books to show for you all. :)

I'm so excited to read all of these books! Any particular ones you want me to bump up the TBR?

Note: All release dates are in the format (dd/mm/yyyy); click on images to zoom in; all book links go to Goodreads.

* = Up for swap

For Review

Thanks to...
Bloomsbury & Hachette!

Neither of these titles were on my radar prior to receiving a review copy but I'm so glad I was sent these. They both sound great! If You Find Me sounds like a good winter read, so I've pushed that to my June reading list. :) I'm going to try and read The Disgrace of Kitty Grey this month, but no promises!


There has been an endless stream of praise surrounding Code Name Verity. Been anticipating this new paperback release. The presentation is just lovely. And Burning For Revenge, the fifth book in the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. Which I'll definitely be reading soon.

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Classics or older books. Already read the first book in the Oz series and I loved it. I'm really curious about Bounjour Tristesse and The Fountain Overflows--both coming of age stories. The first is French (obviously), the other British. A lot of these were bought through AllBooks4Less ($5!) and Booktopia (free shipping deals). And they're all gorgeous!

Q: Have you ever reread your favourite childhood books now that you're older? How was it?

Happy reading!
Share your own book hauls with me. :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

[Review] Steal My Sunshine by Emily Gale -- Aussie

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Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 01/05/2013
Publisher: Random House (Woolshed Press)
Pages: 330
Source: Publisher (thanks Dot!)

Book Tunes
Missy Higgins - Where I Stood
Meg & Dia - Just One of Those Things 

Violence Sexual ContentProfanity

My Rating: 
Lovely, affecting and true.

My thoughts

You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away…

Steal My Sunshine is Aussie author Emily Gale’s debut contemporary YA novel. It is a mixed bag of good – good writing, good voice, good characters, good message, good feel, good Aussie-ness. I had one problem with it, which I’ll go over later, but my connection to the characters was so strong that my overall experience was still super positive.

Steal My Sunshine follows the emotional journey of Hannah as her family begins to fall apart in more ways than one. When her dad, with whom she is closest, walks out on the family without warning, Hannah’s mum goes into reclusion while Hannah’s brother (Sam) tries to pick up the pieces. Meanwhile, Hannah’s crush on her best friend’s (Chloe) brother, Ethan, grows into something that may stir up trouble in the long run. There are also family secrets that begin with Essie, Hannah and Sam’s boisterous grandmother, that may be the key to making things right again.

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